Who We Are

Michael Shinn and Jessica Chow Shinn | Co-Founders and Artistic Directors

pianoSonoma Who We AreAs the pianoSonoma Duo and as Yamaha Artists, pianists Jessica and Michael Shinn perform regularly throughout the United States. They have been invited to speak about the role of the arts in society and to perform at the Pebble Beach Authors and Ideas Festival. Passionate advocates of new music, Jessica and Michael have given world premieres by composers such as Adam Schoenberg and Thomas Cabaniss. They recently commissioned a new two-piano concerto by Cabaniss, which the duo premiered with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in April of 2017.

 

Michael Shinn

Michael Shinn joined Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2017 as dean of music. In this capacity, he oversees Music Division faculty, students, and curriculum development. Michael’s diverse career in music reflects his deep passion for performance, education, entrepreneurship, and innovation in the arts. Learn more about Michael.

 

Jessica Chow Shinn

Pianist Jessica Chow Shinn was recently appointed associate professor of piano and is head of collaborative piano at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She was a faculty member at The Juilliard School in the College and Evening Divisions from 2012-2017. Learn more about Jessica.

 

Rami Kim | Director of Operations

Rami Kim is a highly sought after pianist and longtime Sonoma County resident. She started her musical training as a young child, and later went on to attend Concordia University and Sonoma State University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance. There, she studied with Marilyn Thompson and was invited to play for many concerts and events for the music department and with the development of the Green Music Center. Since graduating, she has received her MBA in Music Business from Southern New Hampshire University, has continued working as a freelance musician, and has embarked on a successful career as an Arts Administrator, working with such prestigious organizations as pianoSonoma, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Chamber Music San Francisco, and Lesher Center for the Arts.

 

Anthony Barfield and Velocity Music | Media and Videography

DSC_3257ANTHONY BARFIELD is a Composer and Educator based in New York City. Known for his lyrical writing style, his compositions have been performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. Anthony has received commissions from groups such as The University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble and Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic.  He made his Carnegie Hall debut at the 2012 New York Wind Band Festival where his work “Here We Rest” was performed.  In demand as a composer in residence, Mr. Barfield has had performances at College Bandmasters National Association and has worked with groups such as The University of Scranton Singers, Manhattan School of Music Brass Ensemble. Anthony released his first composition album in the fall of 2013 titled “Chapter II” with The University of Alabama Wind Ensemble. Anthony studied composition with C.P. First, Avner Dorman, Thomas Cabaniss, and Nils Vigeland.

As a former trombonist, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club, Alice Tully Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Anthony has served as a Teaching Artist for Grammy-award-winning producer Phil Ramone’s Children’s Orchestra and with a member of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra in Philadelphia.  He has performed with The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon and Friends, Alabama Symphony, Mobile Symphony, and Park Avenue Chamber Symphony.

As a trombonist Mr. Barfield can be heard on recordings including Dvorak Symphony No. 7 & 8-Malaysian Philharmonic, Donnie McClurkin’s We Are All One (Live), Demondrae Thurman’s Soliloquies with the University Of Alabama Wind Ensemble, Lisa McClendon’s Live at The House of Blues and others. His primary trombone instructors include Joseph Alessi, Dr. Per Brevig, Jay Evans and Dan Drill.

He holds degrees in trombone performance from The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music.

Debi Adams | Alexander Technique

Debi Adams earned her Alexander Technique (AT) teaching certificate from the Alexander Technique Center of Cambridge, directed by Tommy Thompson. She is also certified by Alexander Technique International. Prior to studying the AT, Debi earned an M.M. in piano performance from Boston University.  Her interest in the AT began with her desire to recover from a hand injury. She soon discovered the power of this work that extends beyond physical recovery.  It has become a lifeline to successful performances. Debi’s experience as a performer and Alexander Technique teacher brings a unique perspective to her classes. She has taught the Technique worldwide to musicians all over the United States, Canada, the Czech Republic, Japan, South Korea, and Peru. Debi teaches the Technique to musicians and dancers at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She also runs a teacher-training program there. Her private practice encompasses piano teaching and performing as well as Alexander Technique teaching. She performs most often as part of a piano duo, the Well Tempered Pianists.

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Kate Bazinsky | Yoga

Kate Bazinsky fell in love with yoga over two decades ago and has been teaching vinyasa and ashtanga yoga for the last nine years. She believes in the transformative power of yoga and offers a practice designed to shine a light on students’ movement, thought, and habitual patterns. Her goal is to help her students find more ease and contentment in their lives.  She is certified at the 200-hour and 300-hour level in vinyasa, and has completed additional trainings in prenatal yoga and Ashtanga. Always a student, Kate maintains a regular Mysore Ashtanga yoga practice.

 

Board of Directors

Susan Vondy Batchelor, Robert Cundall, Darrell Prescott, John Santoleri, Jessica Shinn, Michael Shinn

 

Artistic Advisory Board

Dana Grider, Lauren Thompson

 

 

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